A recent study on early marriage has found that there are negative effects for both the female and the male. The study suggests that these negative effects can be avoided by delaying marriage until at least 22 years old and focusing on education and career building. Early marriage is a tradition in many cultures and communities, and girls and women may feel pressure to marry young for safety or social standing. However, children who marry before they reach 18 experience more violence than their peers who don’t marry so early.
Child Marriage: The Devastating End of Childhood
The world is changing rapidly, and childhood is disappearing. Childhood was once a time of innocence and carefree days under the watchful eye of a caring parental figure. Now children are expected to fend for themselves in a difficult adult world. For most kids, the most difficult responsibility they have to take on is schoolwork, but in some countries child marriage has become a major concern for children. In developing nations such as Niger, Chad, and Bangladesh weddings are considered rites of passage for girls.
Risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases
Sexually transmitted diseases, such as herpes or HIV can be contracted through unprotected sex and/or other sexual activities such as oral sex. Unprotected sex is the riskiest form of sexual activity because it can expose you to sexually transmitted diseases which could lead to serious health consequences if not treated. Even with protection, there is still a risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease because your partner may have an STD and not know it.
Incentives for Perpetuating Child Marriage
In many developing countries, child marriage is a common practice. This is due to the economic and cultural incentives it provides. In order for this practice to be stopped, we must work on eliminating these incentives and empowering women and girls.
➢ Many developing countries practice child marriage due to the economic and cultural incentives it provides.
➢ To stop this practice, we must work on eliminating these incentives and empowering women and girls.
Children Delivering Children
Children who have to deliver their own children can experience psychological distress as a result of their experience. They may also be limited in the amount of time they spend with their infants because they are not considered primary caregivers and instead must work out an agreement with family members or friends that will provide that service. With good support, some women report feeling more empowered and confident about themselves and motherhood.
United Nations Efforts and National Laws
Early marriage endangers the health and well-being of girls and young women, deprives them of their rights to free and full development, and contradicts the principles and goals set out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The first sustainable development goal is “no poverty” and another goal is to “end poverty in all its forms”. Early marriage prevents a girl from getting an education, which will prevent her from getting a job, so she will continue to live in poverty.
Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that affects the cervix and is caused by HPV. Research suggests that cervical cancer can be prevented if women undergo regular screening and also use contraceptives such as condoms to prevent pregnancy. Cytology testing, which is done with a pap smear, can show whether or not it is advisable to take follow-up actions such as colposcopy and LEEP procedures.
Effects on Offspring
Early marriage has been a common practice in many parts of the world. The effects on offspring, however, are yet to be fully established. Early marriages can have significant negative impacts on the physical and mental health of the couple. Societies that promote early marriage are often patriarchal societies that place great emphasis on males as breadwinners. Females are often tasked with household chores and raising children, leaving them little time to prepare for their future careers.
Save the Children is a world leader in ending child marriage
Save the Children is a world leader in ending child marriage. They are committed to educating children on their rights, mobilizing communities to promote women’s education, and championing the passage of anti-child marriage legislation.
Child marriage rates rise during conflicts
The world’s youngest newlyweds in recent years have been Syrian refugee girls, marrying in their flight to safety.
The International Organization for Migration reports that child marriages in conflict zones has increased by 50% since the 1990s. This is because families see marriage as a way to protect their daughters from rape and abuse, and to secure economic stability in times of war and violence.
What are the effects of child marriage?
Child marriage is a form of sexual assault that can cause serious health effects. One study found that girls who marry young are more likely to die in childbirth, be subjected to violence by their spouse, commit suicide, and suffer from obstetric fistula. Child brides are sometimes denied an education and find it difficult to find work outside the home. There are also social effects of child marriage, particularly for girls–such as increased chance of living in poverty or being illiterate.
The best way to end child marriage?
The end of child marriage is difficult. It requires commitment to change the attitudes and practices that drive the abandonment of girls. If all countries enact legislation to prohibit child marriage, create economic incentives for parents to keep their daughters in school, promote education for girls and follow through on these commitments to long-term funding, this will help pave the way for progress.
The effects of forced pregnancy can be deadly
Every day, women around the world are raped and impregnated against their will. The effects of forced pregnancy can be deadly. When you’re pregnant, your body goes through changes that can leave you feeling more vulnerable than ever before. The increased risks of pregnancy put mothers at risk for death or complications that will leave them or their babies with disabilities, irreversible health problems, or even death.
What is child marriage?
Child marriage is a tradition that is common in many parts of the world. It involves an individual who has not yet reached adulthood, typically a girl, marrying an individual who is over 18.
Many girls are married off to older men because of the belief that they will be taken care of financially and that they will not need to work. At times, parents of girls think it gives their daughter more respectability.
In conclusion, early marriage can have a negative impact on the economic stability of vulnerable girls and can also contribute to child marriage.
The issue with early marriages is that it takes away from the opportunity for young girls to get an education and gain financial independence. Early marriages also put more pressure on the girl and woman to take care of her family while working in more difficult positions, such as labor.